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GNA advocacy results in new funding for nursing in FY ’15 budget

Friday, March 21, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeremy Arieh
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The Georgia Nurses Association is pleased to announce that our ongoing, hard-fought advocacy efforts have resulted in the addition of new funding for the Georgia Board of Nursing and school nurses in the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget! The FY ’15 budget (HB 744) received final passage in the General Assembly, and now goes to the Governor’s desk for review.


This vital funding in the FY ’15 budget includes:

  • Over $1 million in reserves in the Secretary of State’s budget is now to be used to “fill authorized positions and begin implementation of HB 315.” GNA members will recall House Bill 315 is the Mandatory Reporting legislation that passed in 2013, but was not implemented due to a lack of funding.
  • The retention of two investigators in the Georgia Attorney General’s office, with language specifically directing those investigators to be assigned to professional licensing investigations.
  • $414,585 in new funds for school nurses, which includes a salary increase for school nurses who are RNs. This new funding is less than the Governor’s initial proposal of $1.3 million for school nurses, but avoids cuts of more than $728,000 proposed in the Senate.


In the last two legislative sessions, GNA has been steadfast in its advocacy for new funding for the Board of Nursing and the implementation of mandatory reporting. GNA’s work will not stop here, however. We will continue to work with the Governor’s office, Secretary of State’s office and the Board of Nursing to ensure this funding is used as directed by the General Assembly. Georgia must continue to invest in the human and technology resources necessary for the Board of Nursing to be effective in its role of protecting the public.


The General Assembly has adjourned for the year, so look for GNA’s 2014 Legislative Wrap up soon!


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